The smartphone industry is bursting with new phones and competition. It can be hard to sort through all the options available. If you are looking to buy a new smartphone this year, here are the five best devices out there.
1. Samsung Galaxy S10
Dimensions: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm
OS: Android 9 Pie with Samsung One UI
Display: 6.1-inch “Dynamic AMOLED” display, Quad HD+ resolution in a 19:9 aspect ratio
The Samsung Galaxy S10’s OLED panel has the biggest, brightest, and highest resolution display, which makes playing casino games on your mobile even more fun. With the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a good amount of RAM, the phone performs flawlessly, whether you’re running apps, playing games, or taking photos. The battery life is as expected for a high-end phone, lasting a full day without any problems. The three rear cameras of the S10 offer a versatility unseen anywhere else. You can switch from super-wide landscape shots to a portrait close-up with a simple touch on one single device. No need to carry around an SLR and bag of lenses.
2. Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Dimensions: 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm
OS: EMUI 9 on Android 9 Pie
Display: 6.4-inch OLED, 3120 x 1440, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 538ppi
Camera: 2 rear (ultra-wide 20MP, telephoto 8MP), 1 front 24MP
Price: $1125 (not currently available in the US)
Long life battery
Fastest processor currently available
Reliable 3D face unlock
Some software bugs
AI image processing and camera performance lower than other flagships
The best battery out there coming in at 4200mAh, the Mate 20 Pro seems to last forever, even with continuous gaming or video watching. This Kirin 980 processor is much superior to others, meaning the phone has amazing speed and responsiveness. It is one of the best for gaming and working. It also does quite well with photographs, however reviewing them can get tedious as the software is not amazing. Even so, it’s unfortunate this great Android is unavailable to US customers.
3. Xiaomi PocoPhoneF1
Dimensions: 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo / MIUI 9.6
Screen: 6.18" Full HD+ (2246 x 1080) ,18.7:9, Gorilla Glass
Camera: 1 rear 12MP, 1 front 20MP
Price: $300 (not officially available in the US)
Resistant to shocks
Mediocre low-light photos
No 4K video stabilization
Xiaomi’s new Poco budget-friendly brand has launched with the Pocophone F1. Even with the low price, the performance is that of its pricier competitors. The phone has some perks for gamers, running graphics-intensive games smoothly and keeping the phone from overheating with a special liquid cooling technology. It’s unfortunate that the cameras didn’t have the same attention devoted to them. However, there are always concessions that must be made for a lower price.
4. Google Pixel 3XL
Dimensions: 76.7 x 158 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 9 Pie
Display: 6.3 inches, 2960 x 1440 OLED, 18.5:9, HDR
Camera: 1 rear 12.2MP, 1 front dual 8MP
Clear front-facing speakers
Wide-angle selfie camera
Easily scratched rear finish
Google’s Pixel 3XL has the best camera and software on the market. The camera basically does all the work for you, meaning you can simply point and shoot and will always have the best shot. The 64GB or 128GB of storage ensure you will not have to choose between all your photos and your apps. There is little sound distortion when the front-facing speakers are turned up to the max, so you can share your music without losing quality. The performance and battery-life are as-expected for its price, ensuring you will enjoy using your phone the whole day long.
5. OnePlus 6T
Dimensions: 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm
OS: Android 9.0 Pie with OxygenOS
Resolution: 6.4-inch AMOLED (2340 x 1080)
Camera: 2 rear (16MP and 20MP), 1 front 16MP
Strong battery life
Inconsistent in-display fingerprint reader
No wireless charging
Not fully waterproof
The OnePlus 6T offers flagship speed for less money, beating even Google’s Pixel 3XL. The design and display of the phone make it a pleasure to use. Unfortunately, if you’re looking a good camera, you will be disappointed by the older imaging hardware used in the OnePlus 6T. As with the Xiaomi Pocophone F1, gamers will appreciate the extra power provided by the 8GB of RAM, allowing for an unhindered gameplay experience.